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    GAO: FDA Improved Expanded Access but More Clarity Necessary

    With the rise of Right-to-Try legislation across states in the US, it might seem like patients with serious or life-threatening ailments and no other comparable medical options might have difficulties in obtaining access to investigational drugs outside of a clinical trial because of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But a new Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday lends credence to many who have voiced concerns with the Right-to-Try laws,...
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    Health Canada Opens Consultation on Mandatory Adverse Drug Reaction, Device Incident Reports

    Health Canada on Tuesday opened up a consultation on changes to the country's Food and Drug Regulations and Medical Devices Regulations that would make it mandatory for certain health care institutions to report serious adverse drug reactions (ADRs) and medical device incidents (MDIs). "Reports about serious ADRs and MDIs can be important signals of emerging safety issues. Such post-market observations can also lead to improved safety information about a product," ...
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    EMA to Launch Revamped EudraVigilance System to Monitor Adverse Events

    The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) management board on Monday endorsed the launch on 22 November 2017 of an improved system for collecting and monitoring suspected adverse events. In the lead up to the launch of the new EudraVigilance system, EMA says national competent authorities, marketing authorization holders (MAHs) and sponsors of clinical trials have to make  final preparations  to ensure that their processes and IT infrastructures can work with the new...
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    Significant Safety Events Found in a Third of FDA-Approved Drugs, Study Finds

    Among 222 novel therapeutics approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from 2001 through 2010, 32% were affected by a postmarket safety event, according to a study published in JAMA on Tuesday. Biologics, psychiatric therapeutics and those receiving accelerated approval and near–regulatory deadline approval were statistically significantly associated with higher rates of events, the study found. Of the 222 new drugs and biologics assessed, the study f...
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    IMDRF Offers New Guideline on Adverse Event Reporting

    As a way to improve the accuracy and capture of medical device adverse events, the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF), a voluntary and global group of device regulators, on Monday published a new final guideline on a harmonized terminology for reporting such events. "Widespread use of a single, appropriate adverse event terminology and coding system is expected to improve signal detection by adverse event management systems enabling a faster response ...
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    Fast Facts: Serious Adverse Event Reporting Requirements in the US

    This article presents reporting requirements for Serious Adverse Events (SAEs) and focuses on an important, but often overlooked regulation that specifies when a study is being run and includes the use of an approved drug. There are reporting requirements with specific timeframes that must be followed if there is a reportable SAE attributed to the approved drug. Adverse Events (AE) in clinical trials are considered serious adverse events when the AE meets any one of th...
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    FDA Details Combination Product Postmarket Safety Reporting Requirements

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking to clarify its expectations for combination product manufacturers adjusting to the agency's recently released final rule for postmarket safety reporting. In a webcast last week, John Weiner, associate director for policy at the Office of Combination Products (OCP), explained which parts of the rule manufacturers should be following now, and which will they will be required to comply with beginning July 2017. Weiner ...
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    Swissmedic To Prioritize Electronic Adverse Events Reports

    Swiss drug regulator Swissmedic on Monday announced it will begin prioritizing the review of electronically submitted adverse drug reaction (ADR) reports in light of a recent influx of such reports. According to Swissmedic, the number of ADRs received has grown in recent years, driven primarily by growth in the number of reports submitted by drugmakers. The agency also says it expects the upward trend to continue, in part due to the recent revision to Switzerland's Ther...
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    Analysis: Longer Review Times Associated With Fewer Adverse Events for High-Risk Heart Devices

    A new analysis finds longer regulatory review times for high-risk cardiovascular medical devices to be associated with fewer adverse event reports, and a lower likelihood of such reports citing serious injury or death. The analysis, published in Nature Biomedical Engineering on Friday, raises questions about the trade-offs between speeding access to new devices and ensuring their safety. Specifically, the authors looked at the number of adverse events reported to the ...
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    FDA Warns Specialty Pharma Company Over Adverse Event Reporting

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent a warning letter to Langhorne, Pennsylvania-based STI Pharma LLC for failing to meet the agency's requirements for adverse event reporting. FDA sent the warning letter following an inspection on 21 July 2016, during which FDA says it found the company lacked written procedures for gathering, evaluating and reporting postmarketing adverse drug experiences (PADE), which are required under federal regulations. "Given your reli...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: Lead Brexiteer Dismisses Need for UK to Stay in EU Regulatory System (10 November 2016)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. Lead Brexiteer Dismisses Need for UK to Stay in EU Regulatory System A senior politician overseeing the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union has dismissed the need to retain certain aspects of the country’s current regulatory model post-Brexit. Asked in the House of Commons whether he agreed with industry leaders on the need for the UK to be part of a Europe-...
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    Device Reporting Requirements for Manufacturers: FDA Finalizes Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday finalized guidance to help device manufacturers meet the reporting and recordkeeping requirements for adverse events and malfunctions. The 52-page question-and-answer-based guidance, first drafted in July 2013, supersedes that draft and other guidance from 1997. “The goal is to detect and correct problems in a timely manner,” FDA said on Monday. “This guidance updates FDA’s policy and clarifies FDA’s interpretations ...